I have a copy of a letter from my late uncle Daniel Wertman to a Jean Ann somewhere in California. It states in part:
"When I started five years ago I had nothing but notes written many decades ago by my father, Milton A. Wertman, 1878-1955. In part, he wrote that "ancestors of the Wertman family arrived in America from Germany in the early part of the 18th century, some time between 1700 and 1740, with the latter date generally accepted as correct. There were a legendary four brothers who took up a large tract of land which today forms parts of Berks, Lehigh, Schuylkill, Luzerne and Carbon counties. A large part of the land was mountainous and too poor for farming, so it was abandoned.
"Of the four brothers, one was lost track of entirely at an early date and two eventually migrated to Ohio and Indiana. The brother who remained in Pennsylvania is our direct ancestor.
"The first Wertman birth (Christian name unknown) in America came about 1741. Then came a Daniel about 1760, another Daniel about 1782 who had a son also named Daniel who married a Brobst (Dutch).
"This meager information came to me from my father (Daniel David Wertman, 1848-1907), who had received it from his father (Daniel Wertman, 1815-1899), and from a search made by my father and my older brother Joel at the time of my grandfather's death."
Al, I don't know if this is what you are looking for, and I am just starting to put this info in my FTM. Everything I have in writing on this branch of the family is handwritten notes passed down by now-deceased WERTMAN family members.
Some notes indicate that several family members are buried in Zion's (Lutheran) Church Cemetery in West Penn Township of Schuylkill Co.
Another letter states:
"At this point I can only speculate that our unknown great-great-grandfather was born in West Penn Township of Schulykill County. But then again, he could have been born and lived his life in Lynn Township of Lehigh County, with his son (our great-grandfather Daniel 1815-1899) being the first in our branch of the family to cross the ridge (Blue Mountain) into Schuylkill County.
Hope this helps!
Lynnea Berr, daughter of Rebecca Jean (nee:Wertman)
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